Data roaming fees to be slashed in half on 1 July (Wired UK)


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Mobile knowledge roaming worth caps will be slashed in two inside
Europe from 1 July, the European Commission has introduced in the present day (24
June, 2014).

The cap for downloads, which is presently set at forty five cents per
megabyte, will be greater than halved in order that operators won’t be
in a position to cost greater than 20 cents per megabyte (all costs earlier than
VAT).

The worth of creating telephone calls and sending textual content messages will
additionally be slashed. The value of creating a name has decreased by 21
% from 24 cents per minute to 19 cents per minute and the
value of receiving a name has dropped almost 29 % from S cents
per minute to H cents per minute. Sending a textual content now prices H cents
as an alternative of S cents.

All of those worth modifications show a yr-on-yr lower,
however since 2007 when the EU began to take motion towards roaming
fees, costs have fallen eighty-ninety %. The EU continues to be working
on eliminating roaming charges altogether in a bid to create a
related continent.

“This big drop in knowledge roaming costs will make an enormous
distinction to all of us this summer time. But it isn’t sufficient. Why
ought to we’ve got roaming fees in any respect in a single market? By the
finish of this yr I hope we see the entire finish of roaming expenses
agreed — the Parliament has executed their half, now it’s up to
Member States to seal the deal,” stated the Commission’s
vice chairman Neelie Kroes.

Remarkably, the Commission appears to have observed one thing is
occurring outdoors of Brussels this summer time and has made its press
release announcing the changes
soccer-themed. Not solely has it
created a soccer-formed infographic to exhibit what you possibly can
do with 10 euros value of roaming in one other European nation, it
has additionally offered a useful World Cup-associated comparability to clarify
precisely how a lot you are saving. “To put it into context: soccer
followers travelling in the EU throughout this World Cup season can pay 25
occasions much less for knowledge roaming as in contrast to throughout 2010 World
Cup!”

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Ironically, the World Cup will be nicely over midway by means of when
the brand new laws come into drive, however it’s going to no less than be in
time for almost all of Europeans to take pleasure in cheaper roaming on
their summer time hols. We’ll say “santé” to that.

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Source: wired.co.uk
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